U.K. Mulls Cap on EU Migrants, Fee for Hiring Skilled Workers

EU rules on freedom of movement are seen as a crucial factor in the negotiations over the UK's departure from the bloc

He did however propose that a seasonal agricultural workers scheme, which allows people to work in the United Kingdom in low skilled roles for less than six months, could be introduced after Brexit without adding towards the government's net migration target.

Goodwill also said there is likely to be a program allowing agricultural workers to come to Britain on short-term seasonal contracts.

"So if one wishes to bring in an Indian computer programmer on a four year contract on top of the existing visa charge there will be a fee of £1,000 per year".

The Home Office told a House of Lords subcommittee, looking at post-Brexit migration policy, that the levy would be helpful to British workers who feel left behind by free movement of labour.

While concern undoubtedly persists across the board about the potential business implications of Britain leaving the European Union, it appears that United States health product manufacturers and providers are broadly taking a more optimistic view.

A May spokesperson said, "She will be making a speech on Tuesday, setting out more on our approach to Brexit, as part of preparing for the negotiations, and in line with our approach of global Britain and continuing to be an outward-looking nation".

The programme closed when restrictions on migrants from the two countries were lifted at the start of 2014. "We are not saying we're going to prevent people from coming here to work". That won't change regardless of Britain's chosen Brexit path and there will, of course, still be a buoyant, ongoing need for access to the high quality diagnostic tools and devices provided by USA companies after Britain has exited the EU.

"We will deliver an immigration system that reduces net migration to sustainable levels and truly works for this country as we leave the European Union".

Mr Maugham said he holds unconditional written confirmations from several elected United Kingdom politicians that they will act as plaintiffs in the case.

The levy would apply on every skilled worker from the European Union employed by United Kingdom companies.

"We have to continue to highlight the particular damage that can be done to Ireland if the United Kingdom ends up with a really bad deal", he added.

"Businesses are already working with ministers to improve the home-grown skills supply, but this tax will only damage jobs growth at a time when many businesses are living with uncertainty". Seamus Nevin, the head of employment and skills policy at the Institute of Directors, said employers "simply can not endure the double whammy of more restriction and then, if they do succeed in finding the right candidate, the prospect of an extra charge".